Darlaston fire: 50 firefighters battling blaze as 100 cars engulfed in massive smoke cloud

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Darlaston fire: 50 firefighters battling blaze as 100 cars engulfed in massive smoke cloud

Ten crews of firefighters were called to Tramway Close this morning as a fire ripped through the recycling centre. The fire involved more than 100

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Ten crews of firefighters were called to Tramway Close this morning as a fire ripped through the recycling centre. The fire involved more than 100 dumped vehicles. The cause of the fire is not unknown.

Large plumes of smoke caused massive delays near Junction 10 of the M6.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Fire Service said: “We responded to a number of calls to a fire at a vehicle recycling centre in Tramway Close, Darlaston.

“We currently have 10 fire appliances in attendance, one hydraulic platform, a drone and high volume pumping unit and a number of specialist officers.

“Local residents are asked to keep windows close due to heavy smoke logging and avoid the area.

“We are working with the site owners, police and ambulance are also in attendance.

“We are making good progress in extinguishing the fire and protecting surrounding businesses.

“Cause is not known at this time.”

The West Midlands Road team tweeted: “M6 traffic slow both ways around J10 Walsall due to large plumes of smoke visible from a recycling centre fire on Heath Road in Darlaston.”

 

This is not the first time the recycling centre has gone up in flames after 20 firefighters battled a major blaze in June this year.

The cause of the blaze is believed to be accidental, a spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said.

Around 70 tonnes of electrical waste was involved in the fire at EMR Recycling in Bentley Road South, Darlaston.

Four fire engines and a hydraulic platform were sent to the scene after the fire broke out.

More to follow…



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